Welcome to the Borneo travel guide for backpackers and independent travelers!

Wild rainforests, undiscovered species, indigenous cultures — Borneo is adventurous and accessible! Don't believe the hype about travel in Borneo being too expensive for backpackers. Use our guide to save money, know what to expect, and to forgo expensive tour agencies.

Borneo Travel Articles

Borneo Longhouse Stay Borneo Longhouse Stay

Learn about staying in an Iban longhouse in Sarawak, Borneo.

How to Remove a Leech How to Remove a Leech

How to remove a leech the right way. Squeezing it off can cause serious infections.

Shark Fin and Bird’s Nest Soup Shark Fin and Bird’s Nest Soup

11,400 sharks die per hour to make non-nutritious shark’s fin soup. Read the facts before you decide to try it!

Seafood in Borneo Seafood in Borneo

The seafood in Borneo is fresh, cheap, and delicious. Read about umai – a local, raw fish salad.

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Borneo National Parks

Trekking in Gunung Mulu National Park Trekking in Gunung Mulu National Park

The best Borneo trekking around – trails found at Gunung Mulu National Park.

The Mulu Caves in Sarawak The Mulu Caves in Sarawak

The Mulu Caves offer the best caving in Borneo and are the location of the largest underground chamber in the world.

Gunung Mulu National Park Gunung Mulu National Park

Sarawak’s hard-to-reach UNESCO park with mountains, caving, and Borneo adventure.

Gunung Gading National Park Gunung Gading National Park

Guide to one of Borneo’s best-kept secrets with a chance to see the rarest flower in the world.

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Places To Go in Sarawak and Sabah

Kinabatangan River Kinabatangan River

Taking a cruise on the Kinabatangan River in Sabah is an excellent way to find endangered wildlife.

Sandakan Sandakan

Sandakan is the best base for exploring the wildlife and rainforests of East Sabah. Read about where to go, food, hotels, and tips.

Rainforest Discovery Centre Rainforest Discovery Centre

The RDC in Sabah, Borneo is a cheap, easy way to learn more about the birds, plants, and animals of the rainforest.

Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu

KK, capital of Sabah, is the base for launching outdoor adventures. Although not as cheap as Kuching, the city is a gateway to exploring the rest of Sabah.

Kuching Kuching

The capital of Sarawak and Borneo’s friendliest city. Free museums, indigenous culture, and incredible food make Kuching the first stop for many travelers.

Semenggoh Wildlife Centre Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

The easiest and cheapest way to encounter orangutans in Sarawak.

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